This makes a12" block!

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** Preparing the Pieces and Sewing the Block ** 

First mark and cut the Color 2  2-1/2" x 10" strip into four 2-1/2" squares. Then mark and cut the Color 2  2-1/2" x 18" strip into four 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangles. Also cut one Color 1  4-1/2" square...

Speed piece the half squares by stacking the Color 1 and Color 2  2-7/8" x 28-3/4" strips right sides together and all edges aligned...and...  
On the back of the top strip lightly draw in the 2-7/8" square lines, then draw in the diagonals as shown above. Now sew 1/4" above and below the marked diagonals, pivoting at the square lines. Cut apart on the square lines and on the marked diagonals between the rows of stitching. This will give you twenty half squares. Press seams to darker side. These should be 2-1/2"square...

Piece the block by making rows as shown at left. For the center together two pairs of half squares; sew those to two Color 2 rectangles, then sew those to the sides of the center square. Alternate pressing directions by row. Done!

...on to Page 2!

August 28 2002 Marcia Hohn

Traditional  Block